It really shouldn’t be much of a surprise to anyone at this point that music stars are not big fans of “The X Factor,” and for good reason: They found fame on the strength of their creativity, and then with these shows you have winners who are catapulted up to a level that they may not be ready for. It’s about fame, and you’re known before you even have a hit song to your name. You just have to hope that your song is good.
With all of this, let’s just go ahead and turn to some of the comments on Radio 2 (per the Mirror) that Rolling Stones rocker Keith Richards had in regards to the show:
“You wonder why are you in there, is it to make music or be famous for two minutes with the X Factors and all that?. The search for fame. And it seems to be an easy way to jerk your career up.
“In the end I don’t see the point of making music into a competition. It is not the way it happens. If you get liked, and people like your music, it is because you put music out and lot of people buy it – and we like that. It is not a matter of getting on a TV show and some guy going 5 or 7.”
Through the experience of the show we know that some people are able to make careers for themselves and be artistic, so we don’t think it is so cut and dry that singing-show contestants are always set to fail or are always concerned about fame. However, Richards may be onto something when it comes to his “making music into a competition” theme as a flaw of the show. Many stars in the industry are people who probably wouldn’t do well on a singing show. It’s more about their brand or their style.
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